Kuusamo Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Kuusamo

Kuusamo Airport is particularly busy in winter, as the city is such a hotspot for ski enthusiasts. Most of its flights are seasonal, only running in the winter months. When you arrive, you can pick up your car from Enterprise Rent-a-Car and drive the 6 km into the city center.

What to do and see in Kuusamo

Kuusamo is a true playground for lovers of winter sports. This is the gateway to Finnish Lapland, and in winter, it is entirely covered with a thick blanket of white snow. Be sure to wrap up warmly because exploring this winter wonderland is going to be chilly! Here, you can discover a vacation destination like no other, with all the magic that winter can bring.

Car or van hire in Kuusamo means discovering a world of winter sports. Of course, you'll find options for skiing or snowboarding — but you can also try ice skating or trekking with snowshoes. If you'd rather not exert too much energy, snowmobile trails are a common winter activity. Dog sleds and reindeer rides give you a more traditional way of getting around. The long winter means you can ski here from October through April, with slopes for people of all ages and abilities.

What would a trip to Lapland be without visiting the area's most famous resident? Santa's Cottage can be found in the tiny village of Vuotunki, easily reached with car hire in Kuusamo. This village managed to survive the widespread destruction of World War II, so it still has a traditional, fairytale air. If you're traveling with the kids, you can do so much more than just meet Santa: you can go tobogganing together or enjoy a meal at Mrs. Claus' table. This village also has plenty to offer adult travelers. You can learn how to bake traditional Finnish breads and pastries, take a guided tour through the history of saunas and enjoy some spectacular trails.

While Kuusamo is best known as a winter destination, it is also beautiful in the summer months. In summer, it's ideal for hikers, with stunning trails that wind through the forests and over rivers. White water rafting is available if you want to try it — but you can always choose to stay on dry land and just admire the many birds and animals in the woods here.

Kuusamo is a great destination for foodies. Forget beef and chicken — here, you'll find something far more exotic on the menu. Reindeer, moose and elk are all common sights in restaurants in this area, served in a variety of different ways. Finns also love salty liquorice, which can be an acquired taste. If you're not a fan, don't worry. Sweet pastries and cinnamon buns are traditional treats that appeal more if you have a sweet tooth.

Driving in Kuusamo

Kuusamo is a small city. It is at its busiest during the snow season, so you'll generally find more traffic on the roads over weekends in winter. However, traffic jams are never a problem here.

You will find plenty of options for parking. A designated parking lot is often the best choice, as you'll be able to leave your vehicle there for longer. On-street parking is usually pay and display. You'll be able to buy your ticket from a parking meter, which accepts cash or cards. If you find a free on-street parking spot, you will need a blue parking disk. These can be bought in gas stations.

When driving in Finland, you must always have your headlights on. This is true at all times of the year, all times of day and regardless of whether you are in a city or a rural area. If you are driving between November and March, you are required to use winter tires. Engine heaters are not required, but they are strongly recommended.

In winter, roads in Finland are not treated with grit. Instead, they are cleared by snowplows. Always pay close attention to local weather forecasts. You'll find that the roads connecting Kuusamo's ski resorts are cleared very regularly, while driving on back roads can be more complicated.

Take care when driving at dusk or dawn, as animals are most active during these times. This is an area with plenty of wildlife, and a herd of reindeer deciding to take a break in the middle of the road is a common sight. Reindeer, moose and elk are all very large animals, so they can be extremely hazardous to drivers. If you find some crossing the road, it's best to just sit back and wait for them to pass. You may be able to drive very carefully around them, but this can be tricky.

Kuusamo is located right on the border with Russia. The border is clearly marked and carefully monitored, so you are extremely unlikely to make an accidental crossing. On the Finnish side, the official border zone spans 0.1 to 3 km from the border, and you will require a permit to enter. If you drive into the border zone by mistake, the Finnish authorities will tell you to turn back.

Car and van hire in Finland with Enterprise

Enterprise Finland offers a range of car and van hire services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle hire. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car hire in Kuusamo

If you are travelling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van hire in Kuusamo

Should you need to hire a van while you’re in Kuusamo, all our vans can be driven on a standard licence and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your hire van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.